‘Simpsons’ memorabilia, art going to auction

Associated Press

New York — A pinball machine from “The Simpsons” and fun pinup art are among the items going to auction from the collection of the show’s co-creator Sam Simon.

Sotheby’s announced Thursday that it will be selling Simon’s entire personal collection of memorabilia, fine art and other objects in a series of sales through the fall and next year. It valued the collection between $7.7 million and $11.5 million.

Simon died from colon cancer March 8 in California at 59.

The 260-plus lots will be spread across 11 “various-owner” auctions, beginning Sept. 19 and ending in June 2016.

In addition, Sotheby’s will offer Simon’s memorabilia in a dedicated sale Oct. 22. Those items include a circa 1990 “The Simpsons” pinball machine with a presale estimate of $1,000 to $2,000 and a “Simpsons” jacket decorated with the show’s favorite characters for an estimated $600 to $800.

All proceeds will go to the Sam Simon Charitable Giving Foundation, which supports animal welfare, disaster relief and other causes.

After leaving “The Simpsons” in 1994, Simon shifted to philanthropy.